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A few years ago, I was asked to take part in the ICE salary survey. I filled in the form apart from one question - my salary. Reasoning that my employer would see the survey, I put down what I felt I was worth rather than what I was getting and hoped that it would influence next years salary review.

How naive. Now I understand that levels of remuneration are driven by supply and demand; salaries being calculated so as to recruit the calibre of staff needed for the job.

If I ever fill in another survey I would be inclined to declare a lower figure than I am earning, in the hope that low salaries would dissuade new entrants to the profession. The resulting scarcity of staff might make graduates more valuable and, long term, improve things right to the top.

Phil Marshall, 5 Wheeler Avenue, Upper Stratton, Swindon, Wilts

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